Today nbn have released an update to the address checker on their website. Searching your address now delivers a timeframe for when you can expect to get the NBN at your house. If you’re not scheduled for some time, you’ll see up to a 6-month window which is somewhat helpful, but if your date is closer, you’ll find an exact month. There’s still some big fine print, but knowing more about the rollout timeframe in your area is ultimate a great thing.
You’ll also get information on which of the internet technologies being deployed at your address – FTTP, HFC, FTTN, Fixed Wireless or Satellite. If you’ve already checked this before, it may be worth running another search, as we’ve read at least a couple of instances where FTTN are now in the HFC footprint. Today’s upgrade arrives as the rollout passes 1/3 of Australian homes and businesses. By the middle of this year, that’s expected to as high as 1/2 and by 2018 up to 2/3 complete ahead of a projection completion in 2020.
nbn’s Chief Customer Officer, John Simon, said:
“The number one question we get asked is ‘when am I getting the nbn?’ and today’s update to our website provides the answer to that very question.
On average we are making the network available to around 60,000 new homes and businesses each week, so it stands to reason that there is growing interest in when the network will be available across the country.
With this in mind, we have moved away from telling people when we’ll be building in their neighbourhood to when they can contact their retailer to buy a service. The change means we can better meet the interests of our retail customers as well as the Australian homes and businesses which will benefit from fast broadband services powered by the nbn™ network.
The update also means for the tech enthusiasts, who are interested in what kind of technology their retailer will connect them to via the nbn™ network, that this information is available to them.
We have been working hard to provide as much clarity as possible on the rollout for the majority of Australians, but as is the nature of this business, people need to be prepared for change. It’s not until we are in the streets that we have a clear view of the technology available to individual homes so there are times where a different solution is determined to be better than that which was planned. The sheer size and complexity of the network build means there will always be a need for flexibility on our technology choice and service availability dates.
For more information about the NBN and to check your address, head over to visit our to the nbn checker.